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Bryan Trottier

Bryan Trottier in his playing days against the Flyers. Source: Wiki Hockey.

George A Portrait thumbnailIt’s hard to believe that hockey legend Bryan Trottier will turn 60 this year. It seems that the New York Islanders Stanley Cup dynasty existed not that long ago. However, it’s been over 35 years since Trottier hoisted his very first Stanley Cup in 1980.

Trottier is the most acclaimed hockey player with Aboriginal roots in the history of the National Hockey League. His Metis roots share Cree and Chippewa lineage. To say that Trottier has less than iconic status would be a understatement. This Hockey Hall of Fame player from Val Marie, Saskatchewan has a resume that is beyond impressive. When I asked Bryan about his greatest career accomplishment he replied, “all of my Stanley Cup victories.”  In fact, six championship rings with two teams over a very distinguished career.

Beyond the championships, Trottier has had numerous personal accolades. The hardware lists includes a Calder Trophy for Rookie of the Year in the 1975-76 campaign.Throw in his mind boggling 1978-79 season, where he won the Art Ross Trophy for the scoring title and also the Hart Trophy for being the league’s MVP.  Trottier also garnered a Conn Smythe Trophy in 1981-82 for being the NHL’s top playoff performer.

Bryan Trottier Penguins Stanley Cup 91 & 92

Signed photo of Pittsburgh Penguins’ Bryan Trottier with the Stanley Cup. Photo credit: George Alexander.

Bryan Trottier the man continues to be a shining light in his retirement. He does non-stop charity work for the community. Trottier works tirelessly at Native run hockey camps in the summer and makes numerous public appearances elsewhere throughout the season. The lines were long to meet and greet Bryan just this past weekend at a Blades game here in Saskatoon.

Bryan Trottier is living proof that Aboriginal peoples’ dreams can come true. He says youth must have structure in their lives and work hard to attain their goals. With this due diligence and a positive outlook, the sky maybe the limit. Who knows, maybe all the way to the Hockey Hall of Fame, like he did.

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